UPDATED: Police talk down man threatening to jump off bridge on M60 at Prestwich

Junction 17 of the M60 between Prestwich and Whitefield. Picture from Google Maps.

Junction 17 of the M60 between Prestwich and Whitefield. Picture from Google Maps.

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POLICE have successfully talked down a young man who was threatening to jump off a bridge and onto the M60 at junction 17 at Prestwich.

The M60 was closed in both directions by police after the man was seen on the wrong side of the bridge's railings at about 5.25pm.

It was reopened at about 9pm after the man was rescued safely.

Police had been negotiating with him for more than three hours after he was spotted by motorists on the wrong side of the bridge's railings, over the carriageway. 

North West Motorway Police tweeted at 7.57pm: "We would like to thank all the motorists stuck in traffic at J16/17 M60.

"We are looking for a swift conclusion and are working very hard alongside the Higways Agency and police negotiator. Please bear with us. Thank you."

A GMP spokesman confirmed that negotiations had been successful at about 8.50pm. 

Rush-hour commuters in the area are being warned to expect delays, with congestion reported all the way back to junction 7 at Stretford.

Traffic is being diverted on both the entry and exit slip roads at the M60's junction with the A56 through Prestwich and Whitefield.

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6:15pm Thu 31 Jul 14

sense2 says...

Really need to encase these bridges over motorways and the like with some sort of barrier to prevent this sort of thing.Obviously a very troubled individual in need of help.
Really need to encase these bridges over motorways and the like with some sort of barrier to prevent this sort of thing.Obviously a very troubled individual in need of help. sense2
  • Score: 14

8:43am Fri 1 Aug 14

madsbury says...

This bridge needs a metal cover over it!!! If it was covered. Then no one be able to jump!!!! It's sad that people gets low but if things are made safe. Then people are less likely to get hurt. Someone please. Do something.
This bridge needs a metal cover over it!!! If it was covered. Then no one be able to jump!!!! It's sad that people gets low but if things are made safe. Then people are less likely to get hurt. Someone please. Do something. madsbury
  • Score: 6

10:15am Fri 1 Aug 14

ABreakFromTheNorm says...

It's impracticle to cover every bridge in the country. Do we cover all bridges over all drops on railway tracks too? These incidents are infrequent and many times they are people who have suffered silently until breaking. If this was a relative you may have a little more empathy. People were late home, appointments were missed and sales at Prestwich Tesco were no doubt affected, but would you sooner the person just got on the bridge and jumped and died so we could carry on with our lives?
It's impracticle to cover every bridge in the country. Do we cover all bridges over all drops on railway tracks too? These incidents are infrequent and many times they are people who have suffered silently until breaking. If this was a relative you may have a little more empathy. People were late home, appointments were missed and sales at Prestwich Tesco were no doubt affected, but would you sooner the person just got on the bridge and jumped and died so we could carry on with our lives? ABreakFromTheNorm
  • Score: 9

5:30pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ctid62 says...

There's a sad story to thisa i've been realiably informed. The lad concerned had already been to his local doctors and hospital informing them of his desire to end his own life but was told nothing could be done until he actually did himself some harm......nice eh?...So for all those out there who chastise him...put yourself in his boots.
There's a sad story to thisa i've been realiably informed. The lad concerned had already been to his local doctors and hospital informing them of his desire to end his own life but was told nothing could be done until he actually did himself some harm......nice eh?...So for all those out there who chastise him...put yourself in his boots. ctid62
  • Score: 1

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